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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 19, 2010 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 'sharing' component...

WT - I've been thinking about your post most of the day, and watching the responses trickle in. Great post. Our community is amazing. Thanks to all for sharing...

Like most everyone here, I've been in and out on the GD. Unlike many here though, I never knew about the taping community, and lost track of my college friend, so I had no one to discuss the band with. Luckily, I got my brother hooked back in the 70s, but he doesn't have the passion that I find here.

I could never just let the iPod play randomly like Fenario, but the iPod did change my listening habits. I discovered a few podcasts on iTunes, which are cool. I listen to Shakedown Stream (JerBear on WMVY Radio) - he will give you a complete show every week, and I listen to Dead air with Uncle John (WESU). These guys may not be as expert as LiA for example, but I've learned and enjoyed a lot, and they don't discriminate on eras, much as I might prefer they did. Listening to a podcast (with noise-deadening phones) is a great way to pass the commute on the subway, and I hear a great variety, some stuff I've never heard. I've been listening to the Dead now every day for over two years. My dear wife just puts up with it all - the extra book marks and scrolling through it all on iTunes.

Now I've picked up the guitar again (after 25 years, and I was never that good to begin with) and slowly learning to play some of this great music. I'm interested to know how many out there play and sing this music. I can't learn it fast enough, my hands won't keep up with my need to play it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 19, 2010 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 'sharing' component...

Hey UJ--as micah above notes, there are a good number that give it a try...I don't think there are many that are "real" musical sorts (ie, band members, former band members). From the many threads that have touched on it, I've gathered that a significant number can strum a guitar around a beach fire with the right group of folks, like you, it sounds like.

I am one of the few Forumites that is absolutely tonedeaf...I can't even hum a tune. Strangely, I can still sing falsetto harmonies if someone else in the car carries the tune (discovered this strange ability with the DEAD cover band I worked for--roadie only--after doing so when drinking, etc....the band members were impressed, but could never do it under pressure, and I have a low, booming speaking voice normally, so go figure). Some of my fondest memories the past forty years are singing tunes off AmBea/Work/Dylan with a car load of people after some serious inhibition reduction exercises, if you take my meaning...

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Oct 19, 2010 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 'sharing' component...

I don't play , as more hack my guitar . My voice peels paint .
But I try .
When no one's home .
Now that it is a family rule .
They just don't appreciate my art .

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Oct 20, 2010 4:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 'sharing' component...

I am about to move my parents' piano (actually, it's technically mine, though it's been in their house for 40 years) to my own house and it has crossed my mind to see if I can find Dead sheet music for piano. Does it exist, anyone know? I dutifully took lessons for about a century when I was little, but I pretty much stink.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Oct 20, 2010 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The 'sharing' component...

Seems like the earlier versions of the songbooks had piano included, but the new ones don't.
There is still this:

http://www.amazon.com/Grateful-Dead-Vol-Authentic-Guitar-Tab/dp/0769207391/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&;ie=UTF8&qid=1287578749&sr=1-6

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